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Well, when I was a little girl I would spend hours flipping through the pages of a huge catalogue called "Quelle" that my father had brought from Germany. It had glossy pages full of beautiful pictures of lovely rooms, furniture and furnishing and was written in a language I could not decipher. But I think the pictures left an ever lasting impression on my mind and I grew up to be 'me' who drools not over food (or that too!) but good interior design, colors and photography. I also passionately love coffee, films, books, music, white gladioli, solitude, risotto, donuts, and my life (not exactly always in that order). I live in Bombay, India with my husband and little daughter and they both have changed my life in many beautiful ways.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

A Tale of Nightstands

Tonight, I feel like talking about nightstands or bedside tables as you may call it. What does your nightstand hold for you?  Is it non-frilly, clutter free,  a piece of mere utilitarian furniture standing next to your bed? OR, is it always overflowing with books, night lamp, hand cream, foot cream, more books, a box full of 'just in case' items? If it is the latter, then your nightstand is very much like mine. 
Well, I've improved. 
At one point in my life, the books and magazines that I was reading and the books that I had just finished reading, along with the books that I was planning to start reading, would all be scattered on the bedside rug, in the night. I liked it that way when I woke up in the morning. Well, I'm talking about my life before my daughter was born, which means I had the liberty to do whatever I felt like. Now, I can't afford such a luxury of laziness as I would be setting a bad example in front of her. (Big)Sigh!    

If you are single, or don't have to worry about little monsters watching and copying you, then go ahead and do whatever your heart desires. But please don't keep the nightstands so clean that in the morning you might feel like you have woken up in a hotel room :)  And identical bedside tables with identical lampshades I must tell you, is one of my pet peeves (sorry if I 've hurt your sentiments). To me, it is boring aesthetic sense. 

After I'm done writing this post, I think I'm going to create a new board on my Pinterest- Nightstand Love. By the way, my Pinterest addiction has reached a new height, of late. I've always loved surfing Pinterest but after my Pinterest account got bugged twice (or so I thought)and I lost hundreds of links, pictures and my countless lovingly created boards, I was feeling lazy to start a new account for a long time. But I did finally open a new Pinterest account and so far it is doing well. And I also figured that it wasn't bugged but on my MAC it doesn't function properly if I'm using Safari. It works fine on Google Crome though. Only if I had figured it before deleting my account :( 
                                                                                                                             Now, before I doze off on my laptop, here are some pictures I admired on Pinterest for their sheer uniqueness and beauty and they deserve to be a part of this Tale of Nightstands :)


All images are via Pinterest

Monday, 2 June 2014

Monday Musing - Shabby Chic

"I believe in plenty of optimism and white paint"

-Elsie de Wolfe

Come inside my imaginary shabby chic home..... 

  Would you like to have a cup of tea with me?

You know, I love to sit by this window & read...What are you reading these days?

Sometimes I also like to add a hint of bright hue in my living room...

Though, I can happily live in an all white room...

And I putter around in my imaginary shabby chic home....

But I also do my own laundry...do you?

And I store all my freshly washed linens in this pretty thing...

Oh, you must be hungry! Let me get the plates

Shall we eat now?

We'll have some mint tea in my bedroom afterwards...

Hope you'll come back & visit me again

I'll be waiting for you....

Images are via Pinterest.com
Visit my Pinterest boards for some more shabby chic madness & more

Thursday, 22 May 2014


“Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future.”- Thich Nhat Hanh

This is just the kind of room, I need right now, to sit & drink my tea (slowly) because the scorching Bombay summer is making me want to run away to somewhere peaceful, less noisy, dust free & most importantly, cooler. This room with clean lines also appeals to me on another level especially, when I've been on a mission to de-clutter my house, since last couple of months. Though, it is proving to be a rather humongous task because of our years of retail therapy, piles of 'just in case' items stored everywhere, long outgrown clothes, excess linens and not to forget the endless toys & books of my daughter, is all that's standing between me & my goal. But I'm at it & making progress (very) slowly and (un) steadily! All I have is my determination. Sigh!

For the last few months, I've been deeply influenced by two blogs Be More with Less-Life on Purpose  and The Minimalists besides my daily dose of inspiration from Leo Babauta's Zen Habits. Every time I feel like buying a new pair of shoes or a new dress, I remind myself of the Project 333. Well, it helps sometimes. But it surely didn't help when I was in Paris, last month. By the way, a new post on my Paris trip is coming up soon. So keep reading my blog :)

Now, let me show you some more pictures of this vintage inspired inn & cafe, Table on Ten in Bloomville, Northwestern Catskills. The handmade bed, pillows made from upcycled grain sacks, vintage fixtures in the bath and the deep gray walls have added so much charm to this quaint place.
I Like it!

Images via Remodelista

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Prepping for Diwali-One corner at a time

I wish all my readers a very Happy Diwali. May this festival of lights bring joy, beauty, peace& happiness to your life! Just a month back, we moved into a new apartment & are still in the tedious yet exciting process of setting up the house. I will write more about the new house & some of our DIYs later, but for now I will leave you with the pictures of my workspace that has been specially lit up to celebrate Diwali (technically the only festival that I celebrate with some enthusiasm).  

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(All images are taken by me & are copyright of My Ikat Love)